RIYADH: Medical aid worth $500,000 provided by Saudi Arabia arrived in Tajikistan on Monday to help tackle the country's COVID-19 outbreak.
The aid was sent by the Saudi government, represented by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), upon directives from King Salman.
The medical supplies include masks, gloves, and protective clothing.
Saudi ambassador to Tajikistan, Walid Al-Rasheedan, delivered the aid to the Tajik government, represented by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Shodikhon Jamshed, in the presence of a number of officials from the ministries of health and foreign affairs and the Tajik media, at the embassy in the capital, Dushanbe.
Al-Rasheedan said that the Kingdom was keen to help brotherly and friendly countries to confront the coronavirus pandemic, and to continue to cooperate and coordinate in the health field in particular.
“Based on the strong relations between the two countries, the Kingdom’s government is pleased to provide preventive in-kind assistance to the government of Tajikistan to contribute to limiting the spread of the coronavirus,” he said.
Jamshed praised the projects and aid provided by the Kingdom through KSrelief in Tajikistan, and the historical relations that unite the two countries, adding that the Kingdom has a leading role in providing humanitarian and relief assistance to various parts of the world, which is why it has earned this global position.
He said all that the Kingdom offers to his country is valued and appreciated by the leadership and the Tajik people.
The aid is part of the Kingdom’s contribution of $500 million to support international efforts in combating and addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Kingdom has provided assistance and medical and preventive equipment to various countries around the world to support international efforts to combat the spread of the virus and reduce its risks.